3 reasons why Arsenal should sell Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer

  • The Gunners should look to offload the Ukraine international for a number of reasons
Arsenal must sell Zinchenko this summer
Arsenal must sell Zinchenko this summer / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Oleksandr Zinchenko signed for Arsenal from Manchester City in 2022 and soon became a crucial part of the team...but what about now?

The Ukrainian international was a key part of the Gunners' title challenge last season having played 27 Premier League games, scoring one goal and assisting two. However, Zinchenko's role in the side has been less crucial throughout this campaign amid poorer form and injury uncertainties.

There is no doubt that Zinchenko adds plenty of quality to this Arsenal side, but there are three key reasons why the club should be looking to move him on in the upcoming summer transfer window.

1. Defensive liability

Oleksandr Zinchenko
Zinchenko is prone to making defensive mistakes / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Zinchenko offers plenty in attack for the Gunners but not so much in defense. Since joining the club, he has been a constant liability when it comes to his defensive duties.

Having begun his career as a midfielder, Zinchenko often drifts into the Gunners midfield in order to help attacking moves and create options. When defending, this often means that the left side of Arsenal's defense is exposed, allowing opposition wingers plenty of space to run into and create chances.

He has won just 88 of his 141 attempted ground duels, putting him in only the 60th percentile of Premier League players. Zinchenko has also been dribbled past 15 times this season, placing him in the 39th percentile of players. This gives wingers plenty of confidence to run at him and cause problems. Quite frankly, this is very poor for a full-back playing at Arsenal's level and is not up to the defensive standard of the club.

While Zinchenko undoubtedly offers plenty for the Gunners attacking wise, his poor defensive qualities make him a liability. In a team that is currently the best defense in the Premier League, Zinchenko is simply not good enough to be a part of it.

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